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5.04

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5.03

FX8 V5.03 is a minor enhancement release incorporating the Axe-FX Quantum V7.01, V7.02, and V8.02 changes.


5.02

FX8 V5.03 is a minor enhancement release incorporating the Axe-FX Quantum V7.01, V7.02, and V8.02 changes.

Additions

Fixes


5.02

FX8 V5.02 is a minor maintenance and enhancement release incorporating the Axe-FX Quantum V7.00 changes.

Additions

Fixes


5.01

FX8 V5.01 is a minor enhancement release incorporating the Axe-FX Quantum V6.02 changes.

Additions

Fixes


4.00

FX8 V5.00 implements the WAH block improvements introduced in the Axe-FX Quantum V6.0, and well as some other cool new features and fixes.

Additions

Fixes

NOTE 1: Persistent Large Display The large display feature has been modified to allow for a persistent display. To access this feature to the GLOBAL MENU:

  1. SETUP->GLOBAL->SETTINGS
  2. Change the “DISPLAY LARGE PRESET” parameter to “ALWAYS”.
  3. Once this feature is enabled, the large preset name will appear every time you switch presets. The display will remained unchanged until the <EXIT> button is pressed. Pressing the <EXIT> button will return the FX8 to its Main display page. To return to the Large Preset Display, simply press <EXIT> again from any one of the Main display pages.

NOTE 2: Default Scene per Preset The Default Scene is defined as the scene that is loaded any time a new Preset is selected. Prior to V5.00, the Default Scene was strictly a global setting. Starting with this release, each preset can override the Global setting and select a different Default Scene. Take the following steps to access this new parameter.

  1. From the Main screen, use the <PAGE> button and navigate to the “CFG” page.
  2. Use the <NAV> knob to select the parameter menu item “DEF SCN”. This parameter is modified by the “NAV” knob.
  3. The choices for DEFAULT SCENE are:
    1. Scenes 1 – 8
    2. CUR – This leaves the current scene unchanged from what was currently selected prior to the Preset Change.
    3. GLB – This uses the previously mentioned Global DEFAULT SCENE setting. Note: This is the default for all presets created prior to V5.00.

4.00

Additions

Fixes


3.60

FX8 V3.60 introduces separates FX8-Edit from control of the front panel, as well as some bug fixes.

Additions

Fixes


3.03

This is a maintenance release meant to address a few lingering bugs.

Additions

Fixes


3.02

This is small maintenance to correct a couple of issues discovered on the heels of releasing V3.01.


3.01

FX8 Firmware 3.01 is primarily a maintenance release that also includes a couple of new features that folks have been requesting.

ADDITIONS

FIXES


3.00

FX8 Firmware 3.0 contains major innovations, improvements and changes. We strongly suggest that you review the updated Owner’s Manual, available from http://www.fractalaudio.com/manuals-and-docs.php.

Chapter 6 may be especially helpful given that it details the change from a single “Stompbox Mode” screen to separate “Footswitch” and “Config” pages.
IMPORTANT: After installing Firmware 3.0, it is recommended that you perform RESET SYSTEM PARAMETERS in the Utility Menu under SETUP. If not, you will at least need to check all I/O:CONTROLLER and I/O:PEDAL settings. RESET SYSTEM PARAMETERS does NOT erase your presets; it merely reverts GLOBAL, I/O, and TUNER settings to their default values.

ADDITIONS

MAJOR CHANGES

  1. "Stompbox Mode" is now the Footswitch page ("FS"). It may help to think of the Footswitch page as a separate MIDI controller for your preset. Functions assigned here determine only what the eight footswitches do. This no longer changes which effects are in your preset, or the order of effects. THEREFORE, you must first insert an effect before it can be assigned to a footswitch. This is done on the Config page (see below).
  2. The effects present in a preset--and their order in the signal flow--is now determined using the redesigned Config page (“CFG”). Here,the eight entries once used only to set SERIES/PARALLEL are now actually SLOTS where effects must be placed in order. To change the effect for a given slot, select that slot, press ENTER, turn the VALUE wheel until the desired effect is shown, then press ENTER again to confirm the change. Select a slot and turn VALUE to select Series/Parallel. Select a slot and double-tap EDIT to toggle X/Y without using the footswitches. Select a slot and double-tap ENTER to BYPASS/ENGAGE without using the footswitches.
  3. The FX8 no longer limits footswitch assignments to effects: you can now build custom layouts of Effects, Presets, Scenes, and more. Footswitches are still assigned as they always were—by navigating to one of the eight Footswitch page slots and turning the VALUE knob—but the list of available functions now also includes useful Footswitch Blocks. These include Preset and Scene Selectors, plus the MIDI blocks, Relay blocks and Bank Up/Bank Down. A fringe benefit to this is that MIDI and RELAY blocks no longer need to present on the Config Page to be available on the footswitch page. Note: If you load an older preset which had a MIDI or RELAY block in the signal path, those footswitch will still work but you’ll find available empty spaces where the block(s) were previously located in the config.
  4. Footswitches can now be designated as GLOBAL, making their assigned function the same across all presets. Footswitches are designated as "Global" or "Per-Preset" using the Global Footswitch (“GBL FS”) page of the GLOBAL Menu under SETUP. Once a footswitch has been designated as GLOBAL, you need to check and set its function on the Footswitch page as you would any other footswitch. IMPORTANT NOTE: Understand that in order for a Global Footswitch to do anything in a given preset, the effect it controls must be present in that preset. If an effect is not present, its Global Footswitch will be disabled and shown as “grayed” in the display.
  5. Added MODE and AUTO TRIGGER to the Relays. The existing functionality where a relay is toggled on or off with a footswitch is the LATCHING mode (and the default). A new mode "AUTO OFF" is used to momentarily flip a relay on and then off, as required by certain amps (e.g. 5150 III, some Bogners, etc.). Relays set to AUTO-OFF quickly make/break contact. The LED will flash ON and OFF when you stomp the switch. Setting AUTO TRIGGER to "ON" causes the relay to fire automatically when a scene is selected. By using X and Y both set to Auto-Trigger, you can use scenes to control the channels of a connected amp.

ENHANCEMENTS AND FIXES

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2.00

NOTES

  1. Assigning SINGLE X/Y or STICKY X/Y to ANY function switch will DISABLE PRESS AND HOLD for X/Y ON FOOTSWITCHES 1 – 8. Now, all effects will be BYPASSED or ENGAGED immediately on the down stroke of the footswitch (instead of the upstroke, as it worked previously.)
  2. If you set any FUNCTION SWITCH to NONE on “HOLD” the TAP function switch will activate on down instead of up. This is useful for switches assigned to PRESET UP and PRESET DN as it causes them to execute immediately.
  3. The default switch assignments match the screen printing on the FX8. Resetting your global defaults will return these switches to the default configuration. (Yes, we’re talking to the people who make magnets!)

1.02


1.02 (Public Beta “b”)


1.01

Initial Public Release.

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